Valuable information on counter-piracy operations and coordination of assets off Somalia and the Gulf of Aden, was recently exchanged during a cross-deck by Task Force Commanders in flagship TCG Gemlik on 13 Oct.

Commander Combined Task Force (CTF)151 Rear Admiral (RDML) Oguz Karaman of the Turkish Navy hosted EUNAVFOR Commander RDML Enrico Credendino from the Italian Navy and two officers from the their flagship ITS San Giusto, Commanders Giuseppe Aletta and Luc De Maesschalck.

European Union Naval Force Commander Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino and Commander CTF 151 Rear Admiral Oguz Karaman

European Union Naval Force Commander Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino and Commander CTF 151 Rear Admiral Oguz Karaman

RDML Karaman said the meeting with his EUNAVFOR counterpart reinforced the unity of mission and focus for both Task Forces, and highlighted the strength of having multiple assets covering a far greater area of operation.  He noted the significance of this rare exchange of information as the operational tempo often precludes such events.

“We both have incredibly busy task forces who share common goals in the counter-piracy mission at sea and with such a vast area that we patrol, it is not always feasible for us to meet in person,” RDML Karaman said.

“This meeting is just another great example of how the wider maritime community is working together to overcome the devastating impact of piracy on legitimate fishing and merchant vessels who frequent these areas.  We were able to coordinate our ideas on best processes to effect coverage of the high risk areas. Moreover, we gained valuable insight into their collection of intelligence from a recent piracy interdiction.”

“It really is quite incredible the number of warships and aircraft we have out here from so many nations and as we share our intelligence, we are collectively developing a far better understanding of the natural lines of drift used by pirates.”

The visiting officers provided key information directly to the CTF 151 operators about the San Giusto’s successful thwarting and apprehension of a piracy action group a few days earlier.

RDML Credendino echoed CCTF 151, highlighting the importance in their partnership with Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) as part of the comprehensive approach to deterring pirates in the maritime domain.

About Combined Maritime Forces

CMF is a unique multi-national collective of 31 like-minded nations, dedicated to promoting security and free flow of commerce across 3.2 million square miles of international waters in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin, the Indian Ocean and the Gulf. CMF’s main focus areas are disrupting terrorism, preventing piracy, reducing illegal activities, and promoting a safe maritime environment for all.
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